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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.684

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with eight-lobed rim in form of a flower. Underglaze blue with three large scale scrolling lotus flowers and leaves in centre. Classic scroll elements in each lobe. Unglazed base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1320-1350
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20 millimetres
    • Diameter: 161 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B684

    Flower shaped dish with lotus


    This dish is beautifully painted with lotus flowers. Craftsmen used imported cobalt which fired unevenly, giving shades of blue ranging from pale blue to almost black, resulting in a “heaped and piled” effect. The base is unglazed.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1320–1350

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 70 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 84, no. 82 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.57, no.37 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.68, no.56 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.70, no.B684, pl.XV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.95, no.B684, colour p.33 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case16/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Major L. F. Hay Collection. PDF card: Acquired from Sotheby June 16, 1939, Lot 107 via Norton £32. Major L. F. Hay Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.684

Porcelain dish with eight-lobed rim in form of a flower. Underglaze blue with three large scale scrolling lotus flowers and leaves in centre. Classic scroll elements in each lobe. Unglazed base.

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